Robert Adshade
Karen Mackenzie

investment committee

external members
Victoria Reuvers
Debra Slabber
Gerbrandt Kruger

Robert Adshade

Robert started his career in financial services in 1992 as a junior analyst for a boutique portfolio management company in Cape Town. From there, he moved to the corporate sector to further his studies and develop his skills and network in investment management and holistic financial planning for high net worth clients.

In 1997 he co-founded Alchemy Financial Solutions arising from his philosophy in building an Independent and Dynamic Private Wealth Management practice. Robert has systematically and organically developed the Alchemy practice over the past 25 years, which is now renowned in the industry for their innovative financial planning systems, absolute independence and unique business structure.

Robert continues to manage and develop Alchemy and is a director of the practice. He concurrently provides investment planning and management for a select number of high net worth private clients, locally and offshore.

Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Cape Town and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

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In the words of Benjamin Franklin:

“If you fail to prepare, then you must prepare to fail.”

At Alchemy, these words resonate with our core values, and largely define us.

For more than 25 years, our advisors have been dedicated to guiding our clients to optimise the growth and preservation of their wealth for them and their future generations.

Craig Mac Gillivray

Craig began his career in Cape Town in 1991 at Moores Rowland (formerly Baker Musikanth). After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he left to work in financial leadership roles in the mining and retail sectors. He returned to the firm in 2000 and practiced as a consulting and audit partner. Moores Rowland merged in 2007 with Mazars, a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm. Craig’s ultimate position before leaving Mazars in 2010 was as managing partner of the Cape Town office and national board member responsible for talent.

Since leaving public practice Craig has held executive and non-executive corporate board positions in various sectors, including property, agricultural processing, healthcare and commercial education. He currently serves as a non-executive director of JSE-listed Bowler Metcalf Ltd.

Craig is passionate about financial literacy education and the impact it can make on people’s lives. He is the commercial director of Wealthvox, a global financial literacy innovator and publisher of the acclaimed Colour Accounting Learning System.

In his work with family offices Craig draws on his wide experience in a breadth of disciplines, as well as his love of working with people. As an independent trustee he guides and supports families as they navigate the ever-increasing complexities of inter-generational financial succession. He works with a select global group of high-net-worth families.

Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. Craig is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

Victoria Reuvers

Victoria is the managing director for the Morningstar South African investment management group. She is responsible for leading the business and leveraging Morningstar’s global investment capabilities to provide best-practice investment management for clients.

Her career at Morningstar began with the formation of the South African Investment Management business in February 2015 where she was a senior portfolio manager. She was responsible for leading the South African investment team and building portfolios to deliver better investment outcomes to Morningstar clients.

Before joining Morningstar, Victoria was the founder and CEO of Trivium Capital (Pty) Ltd, an investment consulting and research firm in Cape Town. As well as driving strategy for the business, Victoria was a senior portfolio manager at Trivium Capital. Her role included investment research, portfolio construction and ongoing portfolio management.

Before founding Trivium, Victoria gained extensive experience in fund analysis and quantitative research experience at Investec Asset Management where she worked in the retail fund management team. Prior to that, she worked for Investec Private Bank as part of their growth and acquisition finance team.

Victoria began her career at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank and has 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Cape Town.

Debra Slabber

Debra is a director and portfolio specialist at Morningstar Investment Management South Africa, and is responsible for the institutional business relationships and portfolio management within the South African business. Debra works closely with the Morningstar global investment team to bring best practice investment ideas to the South African business and its clients.

Prior to joining Morningstar, she spent four years at PSG Asset Management as a senior fund specialist, predominantly responsible for growing the business in the greater Gauteng region. She started her career at Standard Bank, fulfilling various roles including a financial analyst within personal markets and financial manager of unsecured lending products. She later moved across the business to Corporate and Investment Banking and spent three and a half years as a product controller for the interest rate trading and structured derivatives desks. Debra has been involved as a lecturer for MBA students at Milpark Business School. She holds a BCom, with a major in investment management, and a BCom (Hons) in financial management from the University of Pretoria. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and has 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Gerbrandt Kruger

Gerbrandt is an associate portfolio manager for Morningstar Investment Management South Africa. He assists with the management of the local and global portfolio range in conjunction with the global investment teams. He leads the South African investment team that is responsible for building portfolios that delivers better investment outcomes for Morningstar clients by following global best practice in manager selection and asset allocation.
Prior to joining Morningstar in 2015, Gerbrandt was a portfolio manager at Seed Investments. In total, Gerbrandt spent seven years in the investment team at Seed, where he was responsible for model portfolios and hedge fund of funds. He was also involved in manager research for both unit trusts and hedge funds. Gerbrandt was formerly an internal investment consultant at Seed, assisting in client reporting, retirement planning and implementation. 

Gerbrandt has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial and financial mathematics from the University of Pretoria.

Johan Redelinghuys

Johan is a retired actuary, with a career spanning more than 36 years in financial services in various senior management roles.

He was a member for 8 years of the ASISA sub-committee responsible for the fund classification standard for Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) and also worked on technical committees responsible for TER and Performance fees. Johan gained a wide range of experience in his working career. 
Johan started his career at Sanlam, in what was called the Pensions division in those days. After qualifying as an actuary, he moved to Southern Life, where he eventually headed up individual life product development, and a brief stint heading up marketing as well as new business administration and underwriting. Thereafter he joined the then called Gensec Asset Management (now known as Sanlam Investments), which is where he finished his career. He started off in the Institutional client services area, looking after large investment clients and providing quarterly investment feedbacks. From there he moved to head up Technical Product Development, and chair the committee that assessed and approved all new product development. 

Johan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Fellow of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He completed the regulatory exam to provide investment solutions to clients. 

Karen Mackenzie

Karen started her career in financial services in 1989, and for the next 16 years, held several senior strategic marketing positions with leading corporates, including Southern Life, Momentum Life and Metropolitan Health. In 2005, Karen left the corporate sector to embark on her career as an independent financial advisor.

In 2006, she joined Alchemy as an integral part of their advisor team. She is now a director of the Practice.

She specialises in the area of personal financial planning and has built a flourishing practice, mainly advising professionals and self-employed individuals on their personal financial planning needs.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State. Karen is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).